Monday, July 02, 2012
Spent the weekend with family.
Pre-planned and took some items to go along with what we were going to be cooking.
I took a Turkey sausage to grill over the bon fire and brought "Healthier Life" Buns for the sausage and Hambergers we were fixing Sunday. I wrapped up a bunch of vegetables to throw on the grill...........never did I say a word about it or tell anyone else they HAD to eat them!
Reguardless, I had to listen to the ridicule about why I needed to have a special bun and why I wasn't eating the 10lbs of potatoes in the pan they cooked up and I couldn't begin to count how many times 3 different cakes, pans of cookies and oreo brownies were shoved under my nose. I dont understand it!
I listen to them complain about the extra weight they carry and yet when I put out effort to eat healthier I am hounded non-stop about it.
I took zucchini & squash to peel and then use the peeler to make thin strips, I then add a thinly cut onion and DRY FRY them in a pan or add water or just a bit of olive oil. I thought my Mom might like it because it tastes like fried onions and we both love them. I had the veggies ready sitting by the stove, I walked out to turn over the meat on the grill, came back in to find my M0m had dumped probably a 1/2 cup of vegetable oil in the pan with the veggies. I couldn't believe it. My Mom is not a stupid women, she knows oil isnt what you cook everything in if you are eating healthier. I didnt want to come unglued but on the inside I was!
My son is eating healthy, does the Insanity workout and has to stay in top physical condition for his job. He gets to the point of not wanting to come to family functions because so much food is shoved at him constantly. My daughter says the same thing, she swears she gains 5 lbs at least anytime you visit. I can verify that!
I know in the end we are all responsible for what we put in our own mouths but it would be so nice if visiting could be about doing activities together, swimming, playing yard games, fishing, sitting and talking,,,,,whatever.
It's ALWAYS about FOOD and LOTS and LOTS of it. There is never only 1 carb there will be potatoes, macaroni, mosticholli and sometimes stuffing and always CORN as the vegetable.........who can eat all that?????????
My Mom was upset yesterday afternoon because she had so much food leftover and I wouldn't take any of it home with me.
I don't know what the answer is. I have tried talking to her about it. I have tried stating how we need to teach and help the younger grandchildren to eat healthier. I have shared recipes, I have cooked healthier options and had her actually like some of them, BUT....everytime I bring up not making 3 or 4 deserts all the carbs and frying all the meats she gets SOOOOOOOO mad and irrate! She always states that is how EVERYONE likes it, NO ONE will eat the heathier foods..............My point is how would she know if we never try?
If I bring out fresh fruit she will say automatically.........The kids won't eat that, they will want Brownies. Instead they end up eating BOTH because BOTH are available.
Sorry for ranting! I will let this be a journal entry for my inner self that needs to let it out.
If anyone has faced a similiar situation and has any advice please feel free to share what has worked in your own families.
It ends up coming to my kids and I not wanting to visit and time is too precious not to spend as much time as we can together.